Spring 2012

Spring 2012
by ani

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Not playing organized games with cameras, but rather the genre of photography which deals with taking pictures of the action.

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How do I combine multiple exposures for action shots?

I'd like to create one of those "stacked" action shot images where multiple exposures are combined to show the subject moving across a static background. Here's an example I found on Flickr (by ...
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For sports photography, should I use image stabilization or a faster lens?

For sports, I know that a faster lens would usually be considered more important than image stabilization, but what if, after selecting your shutter speed, your camera is picking apertures that don't ...
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Are full-frame cameras bad for sports photography?

I was reading about crop factor from various places on the internet, and the general idea that kept building in my mind was that full-frame cameras are good for wide-angle shots but not that good for ...
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How does the GoPro camera perform for photography?

I've been looking into the GoPro HD Hero 960 as an option for more creative photography pursuits. Examples include high speed exterior car photography, rock climbing, skydiving, bicycle riding, ...
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Fast prime vs. expensive zoom for indoor sports photograhy?

I plan to try shooting my kids' indoor activities (Tae Kwon Do and Figure Skating). I can get pretty close to the action for TKD, and I have access to ice/board level positions for shooting at the ...
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How can I get better focus when a subject is moving towards or away from the camera?

When shooting events or action photos, engaging people, I often find that frontal (or rear) perspective may be very expressive, but my problem is focusing when the subject moves towards the camera (or ...
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Practical Difference Between Nikon 80-200 f/2.8 and 70-200 f/2.8?

As a photographer for my college's newspaper, most of what I shoot is either low light (concerts, dances, etc.) or sports, so I'm looking into getting a low-light/high speed telephoto zoom for my ...
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What are some good techniques for using a monopod while shooting sports?

What are some good strategies/techniques for using a monopod while shooting sports? I'm doing a lot of shooting of Figure Skating right now, and am finding the camera and 70-200mm lens is heavy ...
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How was this dramatic lighting of an NBA game achieved?

This is a very cool effect, dramatic and not your usual basketball image: Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images. There are other examples like it in the linked gallery. My question is how ...
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Focusing on moving target with large aperature?

I have read about difficulties getting focusing right when using a large aperature (because of depth-of-field issues). If I am using a fast prime wide open (say F1.4 or F1.8) to shoot a target in ...
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How to select lenses for sports photography?

I would like to get into sports photography, and would probably want a better telephoto lens so I can get better close up shots. What other factors should I keep in mind as I make my choice? Does IS (...
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How to get focused pictures for action shots?

My daughter just started playing Tee-Ball and I was out there with my Digital Rebel XT and a Sigma 300mm. I know enough to be dangerous and I was shooting in "Auto mode" with the action preset (the ...
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How do I get the best results for sports with a 70-200mm f/2.8?

Can anyone help? I am using a nikon d7000 for sports photography. My husband kindly bought me a sigma 70-200mm telephoto lens 2.8 as I shoot a lot of low light indoor sports. I have only just started ...
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How “slow” can I take a picture at a boxing match?

I'm to take pictures at a boxing match, probably under low lights conditions. My plan is to set the camera on a fixed shutter speed, and the let the camera automatically set aperture and ISO. But ...
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What type of camera is used to photograph marathon finishers?

I've seen these camera setup at the finish lines of road races, where it'll automatically shoot at 1 second intervals to capture photos of all of runners. The camera could be on for 2+ hours so it ...
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Taking sports and action shots with regular lenses

I do not shoot action or sports photos. I was asked to shoot a friend's soccer game. I am not looking for perfect magazine quality images; however, I'd like to maximize the quality of my shots with ...
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Best lens for taking pictures of surfers

I'm just trying to decide which new lens to get. I need to take surf and windsurf photos from onshore. Sometimes 300 mm is enough but there are many times they are too far away. I have a sigma 70-300 ...
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Can I capture motion-trails with a point-and-shoot camera?

Is it possible to capture motion trails (like throwing a ball or running) using a camera like the Nikon Coolpix S70? If so, how do I do it?
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Sigma 70-200mm vs. Nikon 80-200mm auto-focus speed

I'm considering the newest Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO MACRO HSM II and comparing it against the older (but still for sale) Nikon AF 80-200mm F2.8 D ED. These are roughly in the same price class, ...
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How can I take slow, wide-open photos in bright light? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are neutral density filters and how do I use them to create long exposures in daylight? I like to take photos of motorsports and high speed action. Sometimes I use ...
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How can I take non-blurry extreme sports photos in winter?

I currently have a Canon T3 with the basic EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens that it came with. I'd like to go out to the local ski hill though, and there is a terrain park there. Most of my photographic ...
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Is the Nikon 300mm f/4 a good lens for Nikon D7000 for shooting sports & wildlife?

I am looking for a good Nikon lens for my D7000 to shoot both sports & wildlife. I want to get really sharp images. I've been working with the 18-200mm & really disappointed by some of the ...
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What would be a good all-round lens for the London Olympics 2012?

I was lucky enough to get London Olympics 2012 tickets to the Volleyball, Hockey and Table Tennis The Hockey and Volleyball will be outdoors and the Table tennis will be indoors. I have seen the ...
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How do I find the right motion blur/depth of field trade off in sports photography?

I could be wrong but when doing sports photography I'm always thinking about the following trade off: A fast shutter speed to freeze the action. A small(er) aperture to increase DOF and thus ...
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Could the Nikon V1 be a good camera for sports photography?

I think the new Nikon V1 looks promising as a camera for sports photography: it has lots of auto-focus points and focuses quickly it has a fast continuous shooting frame rate it is small and might ...
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What is the upgrade path for Nikon D300 with better low light sensitivity?

While I shoot Canon, my brother shoots a D300. We were talking about indoor sports photography. I don't know the Nikon lines, but I know that his D300 is a 2007 vintage, and sensors get better all the ...
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What settings should I use with my TZ10 at ice hockey?

I have a TZ10. What is the best setting to have the camera on for taking photos at ice hockey without the flash and red eye reduction coming on? Do I need to put in my own settings? If so how?
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Why my “action” shots are blurry even shooting on AF-C, is this a lens or camera limitation?

I'm currently using a Nikon 28-200mm AF-D with my D7000. While trying to take action shots (e.g. my dog running or sports) none of the shots seem to be in focus even on AF-C mode. Would this be a ...
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Are there any cheap, fast lenses capable of highschool sports photography?

I recently took on my first paying client, and she is also into photgraphy. She usually does sports for her highschool yearbook. They just have an entry level Canon DSLR with a kit zoom on it that ...
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7D or D700 for hockey?

I hate to be THAT GUY that starts another comparison thread, especially one that may really seem like comparing apples and oranges and has probably already been answered somewhere, but all the ...
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Can I shoot sports photography in the studio with continuous lights?

I want to try to shoot some sports action, for example shattering bricks and wood. My lighting equipment is not so advanced and needs 0.8 sec to recharge for the next flash, so I can't use high fps. ...
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Will the Canon 70-200 F2.8 IS provide significant benefit over non IS for basketball and volleyball?

I am trying to figure out if I really need the image stabilization feature at almost double the cost. I am a freelancer and shoot sports. During basketball and volleyball contests I am using the Sigma ...
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What features would you focus on in a point and shoot camera for sports photography?

I know that "point and shoot" does not belong in the same sentence as "sports photography". But if you only have $200-300 in your pocket and a need to photograph indoors martial arts competition, e.g. ...
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Is a Canon Rebel T3 an appropriate entry-level DSLR?

I'm starting photography and am wondering if the Canon Rebel T3 is a good choice. My only real constraints are that I want to able to take "burst shots" (such as of sports events) and low light ...
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Will the Canon T1i with EF kit zoom lens be good for indoor sports?

Should I be able to get good indoor sports photos with the following camera/lens? Canon T1i Canon EF Zoom lens: 18mm-55mm, f/3.5-5.6, Canon EF-S The indoor sport would be basketball. Just ...
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How can I get non-blurry gymnastics pictures with my entry-level DSLR?

I have a Nikon d3100 with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses. My issues are the lighting and the shutter speed for fast moving objects. My aperture is set to f/3.5, shutter at 1/1000th of a second, and ISO ...
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What is the best setup for shooting sports at night with a point & shoot camera?

I always try to take good photographs in soccer matches or in races at night, not using flash, and I have always the same result: too much blurred photos. I don't have an SLR, but I'm sure that's not ...
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How to focus on fast moving objects with a low-end dslr?

I will go to an Enduro race and I want to take sharp, in focus, photos. I only have a Canon 550D, EF-S 18-55 IS and EF 50mm f/1.8. I tried using autofocus on moving motorcycles and 90% of them were ...
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What is the best way to photograph a marathon?

I've had trouble finding information on how to best photograph action at a marathon. I don't mean tips for finding locations, ideas, etc, but rather technical tips for a beginning photographer to ...
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What camera settings should I use for NASCAR night racing?

I am attending the Coca Cola 600 NASCAR race next weekend in Charlotte, NC. Much of the race will be after dark, illuminated by the track lighting. I will be using a Nikon D-80 with an AF-S Nikkor 55-...
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Should I upgrade my camera or lens to shoot pro hockey games?

I've gotten the opportunity to shoot pro hockey games. My current gear doesn't cut it: Nikon D70 Nikon 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5 Kit lens Nikon 70-300mm F/4-5.6 D Nikon 50mm 1.8D Monopod From where i'm ...
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Will a 18-140 lens be good for basketball stadium photographs? [closed]

I am absolutely new to photography and have just started learning the basics. I have got a Nikon D-610 with a 18-140 lens for now. I just want to know if I can take this to a basketball game and get ...
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What camera and lens do I need to get started doing sports photography?

I want to find a camera and lens that will for work for sports photography, specifically soccer and basketball. I would like to be able zoom in across the field for some good action shots. I am ...
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Why isn't my DSLR focusing accurately on a fast-moving subject?

Here is a photo I took earlier today: I did my best to track him down the hill and fire off as many shots as I could. Some turned out fine and in focus but the better ones like this one didn't. My ...
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Night Auto Race photography

I will be going to Road Atlanta in late Sept. early Oct for the 10 Hour Petit Le Mans. The race will begin during daylight hours and run into the night. I have never shot at night, or minimal ...
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What is the right lens for shooting car racing with a Nikon D90?

Friend of mine goes on track days quite a bit, and since I no longer own a race-worthy car, I was thinking of tagging a long to get some fun shots of the action. The track has a few good lookout ...
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What is a better marriage for my Canon 70-300 L lens: A 7D or 5d Mark iii?

I currently am using a Rebel T3 with my 70-300 L lens. I have been shooting for about 2 years now and find myself mostly shooting outdoors sports. I believe I have come to the point were I have out ...
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Is the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 a good lens for sports and wildlife photography?

Is this lens good for wildlife and sports? Im getting a nikon D5100 And my brother plays soccer and I'm in gymnastics. I love taking pics of sports. Is this lens good enough?
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What are the editing restrictions for sports/photo journalism?

I've heard from various online videos or articles of pros talking about how National Geographic doesn't allow this or AP doesn't allow that. Does anyone know if these rules are written down somewhere ...
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How can I improve my low light sports photography with Nikon D90 and lenses 70-200 2.8, 50 1.4?

I have nikon D90 and I use for sport pictures Nikon 70-200mm VR II 2.8 and Nikon 50 mm 1.4 lenses. I am taking pictures of quad hockey skates (rink hockey) in a field (20m*40m) outdoor in the evening ...